So. It’s been just over a month since I left Rome and adjusting to being back home has been quite the process. When I first arrived, I tried ordering in Italian a couple times when I went out, and blank stares pulled me back to my true geographical position in the world. Then, naturally, I’d turn red and giggle-speak incomprehensibly before running away. And now, after the weeks have passed, it feels like the entire last semester was but a dream. Thankfully, the massive amount of pictures I took over those four months in Rome have been helpful reminders that no, I was not dreaming, and yes, I was in fact one lucky duck that got to live in La Città Eterna for four months.
Anywho. Because feeling “Romesick” has very much been a real thing lately, I’ve decided to share a list that I originally compiled because I had to, haha. My creative writing professor asked that for our last assignment, we all create a list of 10 things we love/hate about Rome. And for our last class, we met at Castel Sant’Angelo, circled up at the top of the castle and read them to each other. I wish I could share this with any readers from atop of that place like I did then, because WOW what a view, but for now, good ole’ screens will have to do…
~10 Things I Love/Hate About Rome~
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- Sidewalks littered with small, brown clumps left by too-tiny dogs
- Roma’s very confusing, twisting, and winding streets.
- The chaotic driving of dauntless drivers
- Having to pay for water at restaurants
- Crowded, smelly, body-to-body bus rides
- The looks a late, freshly-showered person gets for being outside with wet hair
- The more traditionally conservative viewpoints that are commonly accepted
- How the entire city seems to always be tardy
- How the tourists gravitate in massive blobs toward all the major sights
- How so many humans have no choice but to use the hard, cold streets as their beds and pillows at night
❤ LOVE ❤
- Pizza, suppli, gelato, wine, coffee, pasta, and basically all things food and drink
- The flowers, the sunshine, and the sudden outpour of happy people kissing, reading, and eating throughout the city when Spring arrives
- How the entire city seems to be tardy
- The people. Especially the friendly kind who patiently endure your poor Italian-speaking skills
- Rome’s antiquity and its lesson-filled history
- The cobblestone streets and the sound of feet wandering aimlessly atop them
- Gorgeous piazzas perfect for slowing down life’s pace by reading or people watching
- The abundance of flower and fruit corner-stands that sprinkle the city with colors, good smells, and good tastes
Well, if you’ve made it this far in my nostalgia-induced post, GRAZIE MILLE. ‘Til next time, my friends!